iPad Editing

How to Edit video on an iPad

Shoot and Edit Your Home Movies Like a Pro – free sample

Here is a free sample of ‘Shoot and Edit Your Home Movies Like a Pro’ – includes three video examples.

I have created this download as I think the sample created by Apple does not contain any video examples. Size of the file is

This sample is designed for use on an iPad. It will not work on a Kindle because Amazon will not support video.


Grab a sample here: Apple iBooks: https://itun.es/gb/C3YYcb.l


Video examples for: Wedding video – How to shoot documentary action – Shooting a Drama  – file size 18.5MB



Peter Parr – storyboards

Examples of good shots

How to shoot a Wedding – sample




Moving External Video/Music into iMovie on an iPad


At times you will have video or music files which you have not shot/recorded on your iPad. How do you get that material into iMovie on your tablet? E-mail.

Above you can see that I have e-mailed to myself an MP3 Music track called Rock Factory.

TAP on it

You then get asked how you want to open the music track.


Select ‘open in iMovie’

You then get asked by iPad to select which Project or Create New Movie to insert your music.


I selected ‘Drama Edit’ and the track is loaded straight into the timeline.


Regardless of the running time of your movie the music will always be dropped into the timeline at the start of your film.

You may not want your music at the start so you need to use the ‘fix’ I created in the previous lesson under the heading: “Using Music Track as Spacing”. That will show show you how to add ‘spacing’ to your audio track.

However if you are wanting to start your movie with music then the job is done.

USB Memory Stick

Another way to get your external media files into iMovie on your iPad is to use a USB memory stick.


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How to Edit Video on an iPad – sound mix









This lesson deals with what film editors used to call track laying: which translated means the editing and mixing of two or more different audio tracks in order to create an enriched soundtrack to your film.

Whether that be a feature film, short film, wedding video or a film about your dog, all of them will benefit from a soundtrack which has different elements.

Elements? Sounds like: dialogue, car doors opening and closing, rain, wind, music etc etc

Even a modest short film or home movie can benefit from the use of at least one music track. Though be careful of using copyrighted material. Some artists will let you use their tracks providing you give them a credit plus a link to their iTunes site; one artist has gone further, Moby offers a free license to use his music. Moby was the first one that I know to create a site where you can download his music and obtain a license for free. You will find a link to Moby’s site at the bottom of this post.

The iPad seems to come with a limit of two audio tracks but you shouldn’t let that hold you back. Though the iPad does have a gremlin in the way it works with audio tracks but I have found and easy way to get around that.

I am using a few clips from a short film I made about an English painter, Andrew Dixon. I interviewed him then later in the day I filmed Andrew painting by a canal. In this example I will show you how to have an opening shot with music; then as we cut into Andrew painting I add a voice over and finally cut to him in sync. Notice how I start with music then fade it down as I get into the painting sequence. Then as the interview ends I fade up the music to end the piece.

Let’s get started.

First here the cut sequence:










Looking at the image above you can see the shots in the top of the timeline. Then come the two audio tracks.


The top BLUE track is sync effects: Andrew walking through the grass, sound of him painting and his sync interview.

The bottom GREEN track contains the music, a track called ROCK FACTORY.

iPad Gremlin

Unfortunately the iPad throws in an automatic slight fade down when the shot of Andrew walking through the field cuts in. I would have preferred to have my music kept higher at the start then have a longer fade out under his painting.

Using Music Track as Spacing

As you can see the music track appears to be in three pieces even though you only hear it at the front of the film and at the end. This is because iPad would not allow me to have a section of music at the front followed by a space before the end piece of music came in.

The way I found around this was to insert a section of the music again. I made this second section last until the place in the film where I needed to hear the music again. I then dropped in the music again for the third section which is the music you hear at the end. Then I dropped the audio level down to zero for the middle section.

I have used the middle section of the music track purely to space out the section 1 of the music and section 2, so that the end piece only comes in where I want it to.

How to create a fade up or down

You TAP on the section of the audio track that you want to fade in or out. Below you can see I have highlighted section 1 of the music.



Once you have TAPPED on the section you will see TWO YELLOW ARROWS appear.






You then slide one of the arrows depending on whether you want a FADE UP or a FADE DOWN.

You will also see that a SLIDER has appeared below the track. This enables you to control the audio level. When you have music playing under someone talking you will need to control the audio level so as to not drown out your interviewee with music.

Shoot and Edit Your Home Movies like a Pro (eBook with video examples + storyboards)



Many thanks to Andrew Dixon for use of his interiew.

Here is Andrew’s site:


Here is Moby’s site:


Here is the sequence again.

How to Edit Video on an iPad – index





Part One – getting started – http://wp.me/p2jp1D-qS

Part Two – dissolves and cuts http://wp.me/p2jp1D-s9

Part Three – assembly edit – http://wp.me/p2jp1D-sv

Part Four – slow motion – http://wp.me/p2jp1D-sZ

Part Five – sounds mixes – http://wp.me/p2jp1D-u3

Arriving soon … Part Six: Cuts, dissolves, wipes

Directing drama, overlapping action, music montage, adding sound effects and more.


THREE TWEETS - drama:iPadsm

How to Edit Video on an iPad – slow motion

This is an easy effect to achieve on the iPad.

After you have placed your shot in the editing timeline:








TAP on it:








Then you TAP on ‘Speed’ at the bottom of the editing window:











Which then displays a slider with a Rabbit at one end and a Tortoise at the opposite end.














Select the Tortoise and your shot instantly expands which gives you Slow Motion (Slow Mo) for your movie. It is a nice effect to drop into any film but use it sparingly. You don’t want the whole of your movie to look like the Running on the Beach Scene in the film ‘Chariots of Fire.’

Here are a before and after of the shot featured in the images above:



Below is a Montage from Chariots of Fire to inspire you… 🙂 A few Slow Mo are used.

Chariots of Fire – Beach Scene – music montage

How to Edit Video on an iPad – part one



How to Edit Video on an iPad – assembly edit


Regardless of whether you are editing an indie feature, a wedding video, baby’s christening, your holiday in Florida or dad’s attempt to build a patio, the first thing you will need to do in creating your award winning movie is to get the footage you have shot into the editing ‘timeline’ so that you can start the real job of editing.

Having selected NEW PROJECT you then tap on MOVIE to open up your editing software.

TAP on Video, Photos or Audio to add your media to the timeline.


On the right hand side you will see the footage you have shot.


TAP on a shot then you will see this:


TAP on the ARROW which is pointing down and your shot will drop into the timeline.


Bear in mind that you will obviously shoot more footage than you need to tell your story.

When you do your ‘first edit’ just select the shots you like and place them into the timeline. Do not worry about which shots are too long. Just get all the shots into the timeline,  later you can rearrange the order of your shots and change the duration of each shot.

It the next edit you do will be more creative as you start to shape your movie in terms of pace, style, use of music and the adding of titles.

More on that in the next lesson.

One thing to remember, never worry about making mistakes. You can always unpick an edit to remove a mistake.

Enjoy your first assembly edit.

Here is a video shot and edited on an iPad.


Shoot and Edit Your Home Movie like a Pro – iBookstore

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Part Three: Dissolves and Cuts: https://slateone.wordpress.com/2014/

There is more to come in this series:

Editing – Getting music onto the video – Titles – Trimming shots – Audio mixing


How to edit Video on an iPad – dissolves/cuts

As you assemble your video on an iPad using iMovie it has a default setting of making all your shots in a sequence dissolve; as you add each new shot to  your movie you get a dissolve instead of a cut.









It is easy to change the edit from a dissolve into a cut.

Here we have two shots which dissolve. If you TAP on the  icon between the shots you can change it from:








… into a:







You select the cut icon from the selection at the bottom of the edit window.








The other icons allow to push one shot into the following shot instead of a cut or have a ripple effect.

Try them out. It easy to revert to the cut version if you see anything you don’t like.

Remember films are made up of cuts. You hardly ever see a dissolve in a modern feature film.

That isn’t to say you shouldn’t try them out; you never know, the dissolve may come back into fashion. It only takes someone like Tarantino to use them in a film then everyone will be using them.

Happy editing.


Shoot and Edit Your Home Movies like a Pro – eBook with embedded video 

http://t.co/xhrZcQ91DW – iBookstore


Part Four: Creating Slow Motion shots: